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    When Should You Hire Dedicated Developers From An Outsourcer?

    By Michael Manzo
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    What Kinds of Outsourcing Arrangements Exist Today?

    We have had a lot of discussions lately in regards to the different kinds of outsourcing engagement models. As a reminder, there are four different types of models:

    1. Outsourced Product Development
    2. Staff Augmentation
    3. Short Term Product Outsourcing
    4. Dedicated Teams

    If you’d like further information on each of these, you can click on the above links for a more detailed description.

    Today, however, we’re taking a look at the dedicated developer teams model, and discussing when a client might choose this option.

    What Is The Dedicated Teams Model?

    The dedicated teams model (for software outsourcing) is a process in which a client partners with CodeStringers to assemble a team of personnel to work at the direction of the client in building a software product or a portion of one.

    When Should You Hire Dedicated Developers?

    The difference between outsourced software product development and a team of dedicated developers is in how the team is managed. In the former case, a CodeStringers executive manages the team, and in the latter case, the team is managed directly by the client.

    Consequently, it makes sense to hire dedicated developers IF your organization has the staff, the bandwidth, and the product definition wherewithal to manage the team directly. This is usually the case with two specific client profiles:

    1. Software development departments that need to offload a portion of their product development but want to self-manage the team.
    2. Startup technology companies that have founders or executives with product and development leadership experience but want to build a development team at a lower cost than hiring personnel internally.

    It also may be a question of preference and work styles. A client who is more “hands on” in the development process may prefer to hire dedicated teams, and a client who prefers to stay above the day-to-day fray would probably prefer an outsourced product development solution.

    Again, for a more in depth discussion about Hiring Dedicated Developers and other outsourcing models, we have pages dedicated to each model on our website.

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    Michael Manzo has nearly than 30 years of experience managing all aspects of software development including product management, user experience and interface design, engineering, quality assurance and marketing. Michael has served as President and CEO of CodeStringers since September 2014, having served as the company’s founding Chief Product Officer from July 2012.Prior to CodeStringers, Michael was Chief Marketing, Product and Strategy Officer at Openet, a leading global provider of transactional business and operational support system (B/OSS) software for telecom and cable firms, where he led marketing, product management, strategic planning and growth initiatives for the company. Manzo joined Openet as part of a turn-around team and, during his tenure, Openet grew from $15m in annual revenue to more than $150m, became the worldwide market share leader in the company’s primary product category, and developed a widely recognized reputation as the telecom infrastructure industry thought leader.Previously, Michael was Vice President of Products and Marketing for Traverse Networks, a fixed mobile convergence enterprise solution provider, which was acquired by Avaya. Michael has also held executive positions at Voice Access Technologies, Omnisky (acquired by EarthLink), Telocity (acquired by Hughes DirecTV), and Notify Technology Corporation. Michael has a BA in Journalism from the University of New Hampshire. In his spare time, Michael is an amateur woodworker, building indoor and outdoor furniture for friends and family. Until injuries sidelined him, Michael was an accomplished triathlete, having completed six Ironman distance races and numerous shorter distance races. Michael also served nine years in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard being honorably discharged as a Sergeant.

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